Monthly Archives: May 2014

#95 – Bill and Willie Geist

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 95 - Bill and Willie Geist

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about what they learned from their dads, the birds and bees talks, and they welcome Bill and Willie Geist onto the show.

On May 20th Bill and Willie Geist shared their story on fatherhood and family in an outstanding read called “Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees…and other Conversations We Forgot to Have”. Willie followed his father’s footsteps by working in the news and media industry. Bill has been a journalist and TV news correspondent for many years. Willie has been busy too with his work on “The Today Show” and “Morning Joe.”

They took this opportunity to write this book to reminisce about their memorable family moments and their tales of fatherhood. We were able to chat with Bill and Willie about their book, family, and what life lessons they have learned from each other.

#94 – Ken Griffey, Sr.

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 94 - Ken Griffey, Sr.

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about Art’s trip to Los Angeles and how his family was hanging out with Tom’s family. We also bring on MLB great Ken Griffey, Sr. on the show.

Ken Griffey, Sr. had a great career in the Majors. He played mostly for the Cincinnati Reds and won two World Series titles and an All-Star MVP. He also got to play with his son Ken Griffey Jr. In 1990 the played together for the Seattle Mariners. They made history by becoming the first father and son combination to hit back to back home runs.

Ken Griffey, Sr. recently had his book “Big Red: Baseball, Fatherhood, and My Life in the Big Red Machine” hit store shelves and is also available as an e-reader. This book is a great read no matter if you are a sports fan or not. His book chronicles him growing up, playing baseball, and the life lessons he learned along the way. You get to hear the two-time World Series champion’s take on baseball, fatherhood, and life.

#93 – Boomer Esiason

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 93 - Boomer Esiason

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about what each of their families did for Mother’s Day. They also talk with former NFL quarterback, Boomer Esiason.

Boomer Esiason played 14 great years in the NFL. He played for a total of three teams, the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Jets, and the Arizona Cardinals. In 1988 the four time Pro Bowler won the NFL MVP award. Even after retiring from the game, Esiason is still making an impact on the NFL.

Boomer can be seen during the football season on CBS breaking down the game. He also is on the radio as a color commentator for Monday Night Football. He even has a morning show on a New York sports radio station called “The Boomer and Carton Show”.

Yet if you ask Boomer what he is most proud of, he would probably say all the work he does through his organization, The Boomer Esiason Foundation. The foundation looks to support and improve the lives of those who have Cystic Fibrosis. His son, Gunnar was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1993. Boomer used his popularity to raise awareness for the disease to not only help his son, but other children who have CF.

We had the great pleasure of talking with Boomer about his foundation, fatherhood, his time in the NFL, and more.

#92 – Donald Driver

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 92 - Donald Driver

This week on the Life of Dad Show Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about what they did to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, crazy kid birthday parties and they welcome former Packers wide receiver great and Super Bowl champion Donald Driver to the show.

Donald Driver
didn’t just make an impact in the NFL, but he did off the field as well. Growing up as a kid Donald and his family faced tough times. Driver took that adversity and used it as motivation to create a better life for himself. Football fans know the mark he left not only in Green Bay, but throughout the league. The four time Pro Bowler helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV in 2011 as Green Bay beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.

The Green Bay Packers Receiving Yards All-Time Leader also won the Ed Block Courage Award. This award is given to players, who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship, and courage. Driver continued to inspire people when he created the Donald Driver Foundation in 2001. The foundation helps families find homes, assists in educating kids, and helps recognize those people who do wonderful things in their community.

Driver is an accomplished author as well. His book “Driven” was on the New York Times Best Sellers list. He has also written three children’s books. Each book focuses on a challenge a kid or an adult may experience in life. He will have another children’s book out later this year called “Quickie Handles a Bully”.